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Mizzou Links: Drew Lock recruiting Hale Hentges, Dave Steckel up for Broyles Award, Hoops takes down Chaminade

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Happy Thanksgiving! Hopefully none of you are stuck around a watercooler today but if you are there's a lot to talk about. Drew Lock is apparently still actively recruiting Alabama commit Hale Hentges. Markus Golden, Shane Ray and the Mizzou defense is going up against the biggest offensive line in all of football. Basketball used the freshman to get back to winning, and swimming is nationally ranked!

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GAMEDAY: Arkansas at Missouri - David Morrison

KEY MATCHUP

Missouri defensive ends Markus Golden and Shane Ray vs. Arkansas tackles Dan Skipper and Brey Cook: Golden and Ray are the third-most-productive pair of defensive linemen in the country. They’ve already combined for 115 tackles, 331/2 tackles for loss and 22 sacks this season. After Ray picked up six sacks in the first five SEC games, Golden followed with four in the past two. Arkansas only throws 39 percent of the time, but Skipper and Cook have helped make sure their quarterbacks only get sacked once every 23.5 attempts. Like the rest of the Razorbacks’ offensive line, they’re gigantic. Skipper (6-foot-10, 326 pounds) and Cook (6-7, 314) can use their reach advantage to try and keep Golden and Ray at arm’s length. Or Golden and Ray can use their speed advantage to outflank the behemoths.

Arkansas' giant O-line will be a test for MU's stout run defense - David Morrison

They average 6-6, 328 pounds. Combined, they weigh 0.82 tons. The biggest line Missouri has faced previously this season — Florida — ran about 6-6, 310.

"We don’t have a problem with how big they are," senior defensive tackle Lucas Vincent said. "We lift weights, too. We’re SEC, too. They’re big, we’re big. They’ll try to move us back. We’ll try to get past them."

There's still time for us to manufacture our own!

Apparently, Arkansas received permission to wear all red uniforms from Mizzou.

Gary Pinkel on the SEC Teleconference: Week 14 - David Morrison

Bernie: Pinkel having a season to remember : Bernie Miklasz

The turnaround hushed the worriers (present company included) that wondered if Pinkel’s career had entered the downside as soon as the Tigers entered the rugged SEC terrain. This is among the reasons why I believe this is Pinkel’s most compelling season.

PowerMizzou.com - Mirror image?

PowerMizzou.com - Powered Up: A New Rival | Gabe DeArmond

Ron Higgins' SEC rewind: The more you ignore Missouri, the better it plays | NOLA.com

Very simply, Missouri makes plays when absolutely needed. It's why the Tigers are first in the SEC in red zone offense, scoring 33-of-35 times (94.3 percent), why they lead the league in sacks with 40 and why they are second in turnover margin with a plus nine.

Heading into Week 14, Missouri's spot within new SEC bowl lineup still unclear - Columbia Missourian

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Enemy perspective: Arkansas Fight

Bielema Provides Brandon Allen Status

Hint: Brandon Allen is probably playing.

Opposing view: Bielema ideally would like to have three 1,000-yard rushers - Blake Toppmeyer

Reasons to Hate: Missouri* *Sponsored By Random Corporate Overlords - Arkansas Fight

Missouri fans, that's who. It's dang near impossible for us to talk to Tigers fans without them bringing up that game from nearly 7 years ago. It's crazy. Like that's the only game that ever happened and Arkansas went into it with full effort. Please. Regardless, if you want to talk old bowl games, they always seem to forget the 2003 Independence Bowl when the Hogs and Missouri were both at full strength and the Hogs won. That never gets brought up.

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Drew Lock and Hale Hentges

Sounds like Hale Hentges will be taking an unofficial visit to Mizzou Friday and sounds like Drew Lock is still recruiting him. Also, SORUCES say this may be more than just a courtesy visit.

Speaking of Drew Lock:

The Next Tom Brady, Maybe | Rising Stars | OZY

That campus will be the University of Missouri, where his father played offensive line in the ’80s. There, fans may be treated to some eye-opening stuff, from an athlete who was also recruited to play in college (because of course he was) for his abilities as a shooting guard in basketball. Indeed, the tale of Lock may reaffirm how well the skills of a multi-sport athlete, in his case on the hardwood — precision footwork, quick releases and clutch decision-making — translates so well onto the gridiron.

And since we're on the topic of recruiting:

PowerMizzou.com - COMMENTARY: Giving Thanks | Pete Scantlebury

"We always feel like we're the best class," Jimmie Hunt -- one of those four-stars -- said, with a laugh. "2010? I think we came in with the best class that ever came through Mizzou, if I'm not mistaken."

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Dave Steckel, Recognized

Missouri DC Dave Steckel in the running for Broyles award - David Morrison

Missouri defensive coordinator Dave Steckel is one of 40 assistant coaches nominated for the Frank Broyles Award, given annually to the nation's top assistant coach. The Tigers have had one of the top defenses in the SEC this season since conference play started, ranking third in the league in points per game allowed (19.9), second in yards per game allowed (302.6) and first in yards per play allowed (4.19).

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Shane Ray and Anthony Sherrils

After father’s death and car accident, Missouri safety Anthony Sherrils thankful to play football | The Kansas City Star

Missouri redshirt freshman safety Anthony Sherrils, a graduate of Hogan Prep, sat out last season after suffering a traumatic brain injury from a car wreck on campus, but he’s back and thrilled to help the Tigers’ effort for a second straight berth in the SEC Championship Game.

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Mizzou Basketball takes down Chaminade

Gill-Caesar experiences growing pains against Purdue - Steve Walentik

"Freshman," Anderson replied when asked about Gill-Caesar’s struggles. "The further along you go, the harder it’s going to get, because they’re going to guard you. When they look — they just gave me this score sheet, and when you look on this score sheet, it says, ‘Montaque Gill-Caesar. He’s the leading scorer.’ So they’re going to guard you.

Seems like Teki stepped up.

MUTIGERS.COM Freshmen Wright and Gill-Caesar Lead Mizzou Past Chaminade, 74-60

Freshmen propel Tigers to win over Chaminade - Steve Walentik

Gill-Caesar added another four 3-pointers, all in the second half, including three in the final eight minutes after Chaminade had trimmed what had been an 18-point lead down to 54-48. Gill-Caesar finished with 18 points, 16 of them coming after halftime.

Williams sidelined by tightness in his knee vs. Chaminade - Steve Walentik

Tigers take out Chaminade, finish Maui trip 1-2 : Dave Matter

Led by freshman guards Namon Wright and Montaque Gill-Caesar, the Tigers left the island with a 74-60 win and evened their record at 3-3. Wright, whose role expanded with each game here, scored a career-high 21 points. Gill-Caesar, coming off a dreadful showing in Tuesday’s loss to Purdue, scored 18 points. Freshman guard Tramaine Isabell added a career-best nine points, while freshman forward D’Angelo Allen filled in for Williams with his typical blend of energy and defense.

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Mizzou Swimming ranked

MUTIGERS.COM Mizzou Men's Swimming and Diving Ranked Third Nationally

The No. 3 ranking is the highest in program history, besting the No. 7 ranking the squad earned on Dec. 11, 2013.

MU diver Reedy earns SEC honor - Blake Toppmeyer

Missouri junior Lauren Reedy on Tuesday was named the Southeastern Conference Female Diver of the Week, marking the second time this season she collected the honor.

Mizzou Women's Basketball

Transfer Juanita Robinson adds versatility to Missouri women's basketball team - Columbia Missourian

Robinson, a 5-foot-10 junior from Chicago, is entering her first season with the Tigers. She transferred to Missouri in April from Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas.

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